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February 21, 2009

Removals Involving Illegal 108,434 Alien Parents of United States Citizen Children

DHS OIG Report on Removal of Parents of U.S. Citizen Children (.pdf 492 KB) On 2/13/09 the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report that addresses the number of instances over the past 10 years in which a foreign national parent of a U.S. citizen child was removed from the country. Following the report is a memo in response from John Torres, Acting Assistant Secretary, ICE; at http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/assets/mgmtrpts/OIG_09-15_Jan09.pdf

Here is an excerpt from the report;

'Results of Review
Between FYs 1998 and 2007, 2,199,138 alien removals occurred in the
United States, involving 108,434 alien parents of U.S. citizen children. Alien parents were removed because of immigration violations, such as being present without authorization or committing criminal violations that affect immigration status. ICE does not collect data on the following requested items: (1) the number of instances in which both parents were removed; (2) the length of time a parent lived in the United States before removal; or (3) whether the U.S. citizen children remained in the United
States after the parents’ removal. ICE reported detaining no U.S. citizen children'.

Posted by VisaLawyer at February 21, 2009 06:07 AM


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